Make fieldwork & research trips kid-friendly

Taking your family on a fieldtrip often requires careful planning to ensure safe and fun interactions with new environments, communities and cultures.

Taking your kids into the field may be a fantastic educational opportunity, but fieldwork can be stressful at the best of times, even when you aren’t juggling the demands of research and family. Here we provide information to help you kick-start a family-friendly research trip that is safe and enjoyable for all.

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Interview with Christina Hicks on taking kids into the field.

“Things change, what works with one child, for one field site, one year, may not work the next, so constantly reflect, be responsive and flexible.”

Professor Christina Hicks, Researcher @ Lancaster University

Resources on making research trips child-friendly.

Juggling Fieldwork With Kids In Tow

Global

This article from the Nature Jobs blog gives useful advice for researcher-parents who want to balance their children’s needs with work priorities while in the field.

Fieldwork While Parenting

Global

This new blog provides a series of short articles by people who have taken their children into the field with them. The focus is on how to make fieldwork family-friendly. The coordinators are always looking for new content, so if you have interesting stories or information that might help readers, details on how to contribute your stories can be found here.

Georgina Sweet Award For Women In Quantitative Biomedical Science

AU

This fellowship is targeted at supporting mid-career female researchers in Australia who work in Quantitative Biomedical Science. The grants are research focused, but can be used towards childcare costs associated with the recipient’s work.

Anne Penfold Street Awards

AU

The Australian Mathematical Society’s grant can be used to cover childcare costs for parents traveling for research.

Information to help smooth your journey

The Raising Children Network

The Raising Children Network, a website endorsed by the Australian Government, provides some great fact sheets and checklists to help prepare any parent for traveling with their children, whether it be by car, plane, train or bus.

Flying with Baby

Flying with a baby describes itself as the ‘ultimate guide to family travel’, and we certainly think it is a life saviour when traveling with a little one. It provides lots of advice and tips, including a great summary table of different airlines and their bassinets so you can check whether your child will fit!